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Downed power lines to blame for at least 13 Oregon wildfires

TRANSMISSION: A fire incident report indicates at least 13 Oregon wildfires were caused by downed power lines, but questions are being asked about why lines remained live for two utilities before winds knocked them down. (KTVZ, Salem Statesman Journal) 

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
A community choice aggregator launches a $28 million electric vehicle charging infrastructure program in a California county. (Environment + Energy Leader)
Arizona-based electric truck startup Nikola is the subject of two federal inquiries following a report accusing it of fraud, which the company disputes. (Axios)

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CLEAN ENERGY:
Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger during a climate world summit calls on governments to use stimulus programs to build a clean-energy economy. (Associated Press)
Portland’s Clean Energy Fund launches with an $8.6 million request for proposals representing “the community’s best ideas for addressing climate change and advancing racial and social justice.” (Portland Business Journal)

PUBLIC LANDS: The Bureau of Land Management finds its January 2021 New Mexico lease sale will have “no significant” environmental impact. (Carlsbad Current-Argus)

HYDROGEN: California’s energy commission approves a $39.1 million plan for 36 new hydrogen cell vehicle fueling stations. (San Diego Union-Tribune)

OIL & GAS:
Shell Offshore files documents to return to Alaska’s North Slope and asks the state for its exploration plan to be valid for five years. (Anchorage Daily News)
A Federal judge will not reconsider whether environmental groups were too late to challenge a pair of National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska oil and gas lease sales. (E&E News, subscription)
Wyoming’s increased rig count isn’t good news for one struggling county. (Wyoming News Exchange)

SOLAR:
• A 67-MW solar project for Southern California Edison customers is fully operating. (Solar Power World)
• Two solar energy firms are collaborating on 13 MW of community solar projects in Colorado. (Solar Building)

STORAGE: A Colorado utility announces the purchase of a 175 MW solar project coupled with a 25 MW four-hour battery energy storage system. (KRDO)

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TRANSPORTATION: A Colorado county is considering an all-electric transportation fleet. (Summit Daily)

COMMENTARY:
Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems’ CEO advocates for the utility’s modular nuclear reactor project as a provider of abundant, carbon-free electricity. (Salt Lake Tribune)
A California journalist says the Native American cultural land management practice of prescribed burning would help prevent wildfires and create jobs. (Salon)

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